This past year has required significant readjustment in the way that many of us have approached our lives, whether that’s with respect to work or alternative playground surfaces . With shops, attractions and public spaces shut and many of the usual favourite pastimes not available we have all had to start getting creative in terms of how we spend our time. If you’ve run out of ideas and you’re struggling to find ways to keep kids entertained during this lockdown here are 15 of our best suggestions.
- Getting creative. There are lots of ways to let your kids express their creativity at home – trying chucking some water over the patio and letting them make art with water based paints or opt for finger painting or potato printing instead.
- Do some baking. Teach your kids how to make a Victoria sponge or rice crispy squares for the young ones.
- Have a karaoke session. Belting out their favourite songs can be very cathartic for children especially if they’re feeling the lockdown pressure. It also provides plenty of opportunity for movement and laughter too.
- Download designs to colour in. Via Google you can find plenty of printable designs that feature favourite Disney characters or adventures that will keep kids colouring for hours.
- Podcasts. There are lots of interesting podcasts out there for children of all ages – try the Storynory podcast to start.
- Go for a family bike ride. It’s a great way to get everyone out of the house and see other people at a distance too.
- Get a dog. Pets can teach kids about responsibility and discipline and are a lot of fun to have around. If you already have a dog why not set your children the challenge of some canine training.
- Garden camping. While it might be too cold to be out all night a sunny day can still provide a great opportunity for setting up camp, playing nature games and having dinner around a bonfire.
- Play games with friends via Skype. Charades and hangman are particularly easy to play at a distance.
- Family sports tournaments. It could be rounders in the garden or table tennis in the dining room – get your kids to create a Home Olympics and compete for a cake trophy.
- Do some yoga. Kid’s yoga is simple and straightforward but still offers the benefits of burning off some energy and increasing a feeling of calm – there are plenty of classes on YouTube.
- Download an audiobook. From Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone to the Twits audiobooks can be great fun and spark kids’ imaginations too.
- Do some scrapbooking. It’s a simple method for getting kids to think about good times as well as organising photos, trinkets, tickets and postcards into scrapbooks to keep.
- Learn together. Older children can learn a language with you and help you plan a holiday to that country for when travel is normal again.
- Redecorate. If you’re spending a lot of time inside then why not make that space better? Your kids might be particularly enthusiastic when it comes to redecorating their own rooms.
There are plenty of ways to keep everyone in the family busy during the winter lockdown – starting with these great suggestions.